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Help at hand for dementia sufferers in Aboriginal communities

15 July 2012

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has today launched a new resource for dementia care which has been developed specifically for Aboriginal communities.

"The Guide to Dementia for Aboriginal People will increase awareness and knowledge that can assist people who are affected by dementia to continue to be part of their community," Mr Constance said.

"It has been designed and developed in close consultation with Aboriginal communities and funded through the Home and Community Care Program."

Studies in rural and remote Aboriginal communities have found that:

  • the incidence of dementia is as much as five times that of the general population
  • Aboriginal people are also less likely to access mainstream services compared to the rest of the population
  • Aboriginal people prefer to be cared for at home with culturally appropriate services and information.

The Minister said the extended family performs an important role in the care of people suffering with dementia in Aboriginal communities.

"It is therefore important to ensure Aboriginal communities have information presented in a culturally sensitive manner to assist families and their communities to identify and address risk factors; understand what dementia is and how best to assist a person who has dementia," Mr Constance said.

The Guide to Dementia for Aboriginal People booklet will assist in:

  • identifying features/signs of dementia and how it affects the individual;
  • risk reduction through lifestyle changes and chronic disease management; and
  • caring for someone with dementia.

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